Automata Is Brilliantly Original Science Fiction, Ruined By Cliches

We all cry out for original genre movies that aren't just cashing in on existing franchises. But it's sad when an original film comes out, and it just rehashes the classics, even more slavishly. It's even more heartbreaking when you get a movie like Automata, which has a clever, original idea. And smothers it in… » 10/10/14 12:26pm 10/10/14 12:26pm

What If You Awoke One Morning Transformed Into A Robot?

Acclaimed Japanese director Oriza Hirata is releasing a stage production of Kafka's surrealist classic The Metamorphosis. But in this production, our tortured protagonist does not wake to find himself transformed into a bug. Instead, he's an android. And remarkably, an actual robot gets to star in the show. » 10/09/14 7:20am 10/09/14 7:20am

The 10 Types of Fictional Apocalypses (And What They Mean)

The Apocalypse rules pop culture. Half the biggest literary novels these days are apocalyptic, and meanwhile The Walking Dead is a huge hit. Post-apocalyptic stories are what space opera was in the Space Age. But what are they about? Here are 10 types of apocalypses, and what they each signify. » 10/07/14 10:05am 10/07/14 10:05am

Are There Any Good Reasons Why We Should We Explore Space?

It's difficult to look up on a clear night and not feel the pull to get out there, anywhere, and see a little more of the universe than the little blue marble that we've anchored ourselves on. But, when faced with the need to justify the money, time, and tech to get us there, what are the best reasons to explore space? » 9/29/14 4:20pm 9/29/14 4:20pm

40 Years Ago, A Kids' Book Predicted The Reality Of Today's Drones

We're still coming to grips with the amazingly fast rise of personal drones, and it's hard to find science fiction that deals with the implications of that tech. But there is one book that explores the implications. It was published 40 years ago, and it's called Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy. » 9/16/14 10:43am 9/16/14 10:43am